Cinnamon 1.4 released
Posted Mar 20, 2012 20:40 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Cinnamon 1.4 released
Parent article: Cinnamon 1.4 released
It's funny you should say that. Because that's not at all true.
No? Why no?
You would know that if you tried to run XMMS today. Or an ages old flash player binary. Or Acrobat reader.
This is strange because I most definitely run a flash player and Acrobat reader under GNOME3. XMMS is GTK+1 app, not GTK+2 app thus it's probably harder to run. Sure, not all is peachy, but if you install few libraries all programs can be made to work.
This is not problem if technical capability, it's question of attitude.
What is true is that nobody has wanted this compatibility so nobody has provided it.
Sorry, but no. Developers have not bothered to provide compatibility because it requires hard work and is not "fun". Users just voted with their feet. Thankfully today UNIX-lovers have nice choice so problem is not as acute as it was few years ago. I'm still keeping my trusty ThinkPad with Linux because I like trackpoint and don't like keyboard without physical Insert/Delete keys but will probably defect one of these days.
Because, as it turns out, it's easier to forward-port the applications that we have than to provide backwards compatibility. Because we have the sources. And the platforms you cite don't.
We don't have sources as well. We don't even have binaries. We have handful of programs we wrote themselves and we like to pretend that all these toys which are available to people on other platforms are useless junk. Well, may be. Some people are truly happy with twenty years old tools and for them Linux will be nice choice (well - for a few more years till Linux-compatible desktop hardware will disappear), but for the rest… Linux desktop is dying. It's only question of when we'll admit it. Hopefully it'll happen before actual funeral.
I can not say it better then Ingo, but my POV is exactly the same.
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